The European Commission has adopted a recommendation that calls upon Member States to facilitate the use of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) for accessing public services. The Recommendation encourages Member States to allow deployment of public WLAN access networks without sector specific conditions and subject only to general authorisations. WLANs (also referred to as R-LAN and Wi-Fi) are currently operating mainly in licence-exempt frequency bands. They are a fast developing, innovative and promising means of implementing broadband wireless access to the Internet, and as such complement other broadband access infrastructures. Developed initially for private usage (e.g. corporate Intranets), these WLAN platforms are now increasingly revealing their market potential for accessing the public Internet when in areas such as airports, train stations and shopping malls. This recommendation finds its roots in the need to foster multiple broadband access platforms to the Information Society as stressed by the eEurope 2005 Action Plan and the recent Communication ‘Electronic Communications: the Road to the Knowledge Economy’. http://europa.eu.int .